HISTORY 2018-19

Throughout their time studying History students will learn about a variety of topics from the Saxons to the twentieth century. Most of the syllabus focusses on British history, covering topics like the Norman invasion, the Middle Ages, the plague, the Peasants’ revolt, Magna Carta, the reigns of the Tudors, the Civil War, life in the seventeenth century, the Industrial Revolution, the British Empire and the First and Second World Wars. We also study Tudor Explorations, Hitler’s Foreign Policy, life in Nazi Germany, the Cold War & the Civil Rights Movement in America.

All modules centre around enquiry questions; providing opportunities to be independent learners and support progress.

Key Stage 3 History

The themes each involve the development of knowledge and skill across the years. Each topic sets our enquiry based questions providing students with the opportunity to develop key thinking and learning skills


Year 7 – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England & Medieval England

Year 8 – Life in Seventeenth century England and development of the slave trade

Year 9 – Treaty of Versailles & Hitler’s foreign policy and causes of WW2


Year 7 – Church and State & the Tudors

Year 8 – How life changed in Industrial Britain

Year 9 – Britain and Germany at war & the Holocaust


Year 7 – The Tudors and the 17th Century political history (English Civil War)

Year 8 – Causes and Events of WWI

Year 9 – The Cold War & the Civil Rights Movement in America






History is a popular choice at GCSE and students follow the Edexcel GCSE History which covers three exam papers.

This course will develop a student’s understanding of the following areas:

Year 10

Crime & Punishment Through Time c1000- to present

  • The nature and changing definitions of criminal activity: across the centuries c1000, c1500, c1700, c1900 to present
  • The nature of law enforcement and punishment: across the centuries c1000, c1500, c1700, c1900 to present
  • Case studies across the centuries

Whitechapel, c1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city

  • Whitechapel, crime, policing and inner city
  • Knowledge, selection and use of source for historical enquiries


Early Elizabethan England 1558-88

  • Situation of Elizabeth’s succession
  • The ‘settlement’ of religion
  • Challenges tot eh religious settlement
  • The problem of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Plots and revolts at home
  • Relations with Spain
  • Outbreak of war, with Spain 1585-88
  • The Armada
  • Education and leisure
  • The problem of the poor
  • Exploration and voyages of discovery
  • Raleigh and Virginia



Year 11

Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91

  • Early tension between East and West
  • The development of the Cold War
  • The Cold War intensifies
  • Increased tension between East and West
  • Cold War crises
  • Reaction to crises
  • Attempts to reduce tension between East and West
  • Flashpoints
  • The collapse of Soviet control of Eastern Europe


Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939

  • The origins of the Republic 1918-1919
  • The early challenges to the Weimar Republic, 1919-23
  • The recovery of the Republic 1924-29
  • Changes in society 1924-29
  • Early development of the Nazi Party, 1920-22
  • The Munich Putsch and the lean years 1923-29
  • The growth and support for the Nazis 1929-32
  • How Hitler became Chancellor 1932-33
  • The creation of a dictatorship 1933-34
  • The police state
  • Controlling and influencing attitudes
  • Opposition, resistance and conformity
  • Nazi policies towards women
  • Nazi policies towards the young
  • Employment and livening standards
  • The persecution of minorities



Learning will be assessed by:

  • Written paper 1: Thematic Study and historic environment: Crime & Punishment c 1000 to the present and Whitechapel, c1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city

1 hour 15 mins. 52 marks (30%)


  • Written paper 2: Period study and British depth study: Early Elizabethan England 1558-88 and Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91

               1 hour 45 mins. 64 marks (40%)

  • Written paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939. 1 hour 20 mins. 52 marks (30%)